Southern Pines has a long history of downtown visitor lodging. First, they were “boarding houses.”

Prospect House, built in 1886, offered rooms to prospective settlers in the fledgling Southern Pines. One visitor termed it “one of the most cozy hotels it has been our good fortune to encounter.”

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Jack Line

Southern Pines Broad St is a quaint & charming place and should have been protected from this kind of development. How could they let a chain hotel be placed inside such a charming place. What's next, fast food restaurants? This is sad.

COOPER CARTER

Don't overlook mentioning The Hollywood Hotel on New York Avenue between Ashe and May. The Pottle family of Jefferson Highlands in New Hampshire’s White Mountains either built or bought the Hollywood Hotel in 1913. The 100 room Hollywood was opened seasonally, and was the social center of the community. It's appearance can be seen with any Google search, and should serve as inspiration for the developers of the new hotel.

Sally Larson

How did this ugly cookie-cutter hotel ever get started here? There's not attempt to design it to fit into our area. Maybe we need a separate committee to decide on the aesthetics of new buildings.

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